Marlene Scinto needed to do something with her hands, her time.
Now well into her 60s, the Santa Rosa native and former Albertson's clerk had spent most of the past three decades caring for her ailing parents, Larry and Tee (Bertoli) Scinto.
After her mother died in 2010 she began to make fleece blankets. Colorful, two sided ones.
"I intended to sell them," Scinto said. Then superstorm Sandy knocked out the heat back East.
"They need blankets," she said. And she happens to have about 100.
She's on a mission. Having decided she'll send all her blankets to storm victims in the suffering Red Hook area of Brooklyn, she's working to find a church or other agency there that will receive her shipment.
"Look at the pictures (on the news). They're cold. They break my heart."
She won't rest until she's blanketed Brooklyn.
CHRISTMAS IS NIGH and certain businesses are preparing to open on Thanksgiving and work every angle to maximize holiday sales.
Meanwhile, the staff of Pride Mountain Vineyards on the Sonoma-Napa county line locked the doors one morning last week and spent the day bagging produce, labeling donation boxes and making themselves terrifically useful at the Redwood Empire Food Bank.
And, no, it wasn't the winery that leaked word of the gift of more than 100 spirited man-hours of labor to efforts to assure that everyone has food.
TOM'S BOOTH: Many nice things were said, deservedly, at the Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County luncheon thanking two Healdsburg couples for their contributions to the health of the community.
Honors went to Tom Reed, the affable former Secretary of the Air Force, and his wife, Kay, and to Big John's Market owners John and Kim Lloyd.
One of the best lines came as actor Charlie Siebert — he was a co-star of TV's "Trapper John, M.D." — reviewed Tom Reed's history of support to local assets such as Healdsburg District Hospital and the Green Music Center.
Beyond that, Siebert said, without support of his pal Reed "I doubt Adel's would have survived."
If you meet Tom Reed for coffee or lunch in Healdsburg, it'll probably happen at the diner there just off they highway.
SETH CLAYTON? He's the 2005 Montgomery High alum who studied both physics and theater at NYU and for years weighed whether to pursue science or art.
He chose the latter. Now the veteran of Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse and multiple New York City theaters has landed his biggest role yet.
The off-Broadway Manhattan Theatre Club offered Seth a major part opposite star Edie Falco ("The Sopranos") in the world premiere of "The Madrid" by Liz Flahive.
Opening night for "The Madrid" is next Feb. 26. Dress warmly.
VOTE FOR RIEBLI! Though the big election is over, students and staffers at John B. Riebli School plead for votes that could bring them up to $50,000 for computers and tablets.
"We are the only school in Santa Rosa in the running for this," says Karen Holtman, the kindergarten teacher who nominated Riebli for the prize.
The competition is the Clorox Company's "Power A Bright Future" grant program.
Anyone 13 or older can vote as often as once a day until Dec. 13. Text the code "889pbf" to 95248, or Google the Clorox program's Website and search "Riebli" or "Santa Rosa."